Arizona’s new anti-immigration law made simple

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Hat tip: Jerry Coyne

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Arizona’s new anti-immigration law made simple

  1. La Raza Video says:

  2. santitafarella says:

    La Raza Video:

    I don’t endorse the above man’s views, but I believe that he has the right to express them. I understand where his anger comes from, but I think that he has lapsed away from the liberated bohemian spirit into an angry—and potentially violent—racist, and stupidly Marxist, spirit. White conservative racial solidarity often evokes black and brown counter-racial solidarity gestures. It’s pathetic on all sides. I don’t think that capitalism is inherently bad, and I wish he was not, in his passion for activism, ignoring qualification and nuance. I do think imperialism is bad, and our country was itself founded in resistance to an imperial power (Britain). Our country was also founded by revolutionaries possessed of a revolutionary spirit. I would just like that spirit tempered in contemporary politics by reason, bourgeois democratic politics, compassion for others, and a determination not to demonize opponents. But capitalism, as currently practiced, has essentially bought Washington D.C., and this radicalizes people and makes them feel shut out.

    There really is something “rotten in the state of Denmark.” This man’s rage is a reflection of that. But cooler heads devoted to interracial human solidarity, compromise, and dialogue need to prevail.

    —Santi

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